Thoughts from the Pit (Part 2)

A few more ideas that crossed my mind while sitting in a small dark space playing the cello:

The musical Titanic was heart wrenching and powerful.  Naturally all I could think about was how badass it felt to turn my own pages while playing.

I let my attention wander one night while playing The Gondoliers and stumbled upon this terrifying individual in the audience - who. never. smiled. once.

Or physically acknowledged a single joke.  

I was tempted to punch him.

Just to see if he moved.

Me and My Girl: I loved this musical.  Sometimes my affection for it was at the expense of professionalism.



Thoughts from the Pit (Part 1)

I spent the summer playing in the pit orchestra of a theater company on Cape Cod.  Needless to say, when you each evening in a darkened space, liberated from the attention of audience and actors alike, thoughts occurs to you.  All that's left is to illustrate them.

The Mikado - Gilbert and Sullivan require a lot of saliva on the cast member's part

Playing West Side Story of an audience of predominantly octogenarians ~


The ever agonizing reality of musical theater - one liners that fall flat

My reaction to situational discomfort that is, not only unavoidable, but a forced experience for the entirety of a show's run.  Exposure does not lend itself to maturity.  There is no emotional development in the cello section.